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My long term goal is to provide my students with opportunities in the classroom that will enable them to become successful adults in their future. Utilizing technology on a daily basis has a great impact on that, as they will regularly use technology for the rest of their lives.
The technology programs that students will be using on a daily basis will be individualized to meet each student's needs. For example, students who are considered to be below grade level will be assigned material based on the skills that they need to reach grade level. Students who are above grade level will be assigned skills to increase their growth, even beyond the third grade level.
Therefore, my short-term goal is for my students to increase their Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Score by 40 points or greater, according to the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment. This goal will include all of my students, from the lowest performing students to the highest.
Students were tested on the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment at the beginning of the school year. At that time, five students were below the 50th percentile in math and nine students were below the 50th percentile in reading. A second goal will be that by the end of the school year only two students will be below the 50th percentile in math and only four students will be below the 50th percentile in reading.

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iPads for Individualized Instruction

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School:
Van R Butler Elementary 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Leanna Graves 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
September 24, 2018

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CHELCO - $997.96

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Goal

My long term goal is to provide my students with opportunities in the classroom that will enable them to become successful adults in their future. Utilizing technology on a daily basis has a great impact on that, as they will regularly use technology for the rest of their lives.
The technology programs that students will be using on a daily basis will be individualized to meet each student's needs. For example, students who are considered to be below grade level will be assigned material based on the skills that they need to reach grade level. Students who are above grade level will be assigned skills to increase their growth, even beyond the third grade level.
Therefore, my short-term goal is for my students to increase their Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Score by 40 points or greater, according to the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment. This goal will include all of my students, from the lowest performing students to the highest.
Students were tested on the STAR Reading and STAR Math Enterprise Assessment at the beginning of the school year. At that time, five students were below the 50th percentile in math and nine students were below the 50th percentile in reading. A second goal will be that by the end of the school year only two students will be below the 50th percentile in math and only four students will be below the 50th percentile in reading.  

 

What will be done with my students

Each day during small group reading and small group math students will utilize technology programs tailored to meet their individualized needs.
During small group reading, students will use the program Compass Learning. This program aligns with the STAR Reading and Math assessment to explicitly teach the students the skills that they are struggling with. After a short, engaging video on the skill, the students practice the skill on the program as well. This program includes various grade level skills. For example, I have one student on first grade skills and another on fifth grade skills. Compass Learning will update the students program of study each time that we take the STAR Reading or Math assessment. Eleven to twelve students will utilize this program at one time, while I am meeting with the other six or seven students during small group reading.
During small group math, each student will use the technology program Zearn. Zearn aligns perfectly to our Walton County math curriculum, Engage NY. The program Zearn also allows for me to individualize the program to each student's needs. I can assign specific topics or lessons to each student. For example, if I knew that a student struggled with Lesson 20, I can assign them that lesson. I can also assign my struggling students review lessons from lower grades or my high students challenge lessons from older grades. The Zearn program includes fluency, a video lesson, and practice problems. It is very interactive, even during the lesson. I have the ability to change the assigned lesson as frequently as needed. Four to five students will utilize this program at one one time, while I am meeting with other students.  

 

Benefits to my students

Our class will benefit from more technology devices, such as the requested iPads, so that more students can visit Compass Learning each day during small group reading. Students will use the iPads for Compass Learning while I am working with a small group of six students. We currently only have 10 technology devices, which doesn't provide enough for the student to technology ratio during small group reading time to be 1:1. The addition of the two iPads will provide us with the 1:1 ratio during this time. The increased technology will increase the amount of time that each student spends on the programs Compass Learning and Zearn. I utilized both of these programs in the classroom last year and observed that students dramatically increased STAR Reading and STAR Math results. Due to the individualized nature of both of these programs, I believe that all 20 of my students will benefit from increased access through technology to these programs. My ultimate goal is to reach a 1:1 student to technology ratio. These iPads will bring us closer to that goal, by giving us 12 technology devices. This grant will benefit students for years to come as we continue to gain more technology.  

 

Budget Narrative

2 Apple-9.7-inch-iPad-Wi-Fi-tablet-128-GB – Space Grey
1 Belkin B2B074 Store and Charge Station
1 AVAWO Kids Case for New iPad 9.7 (blue) 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Apple-9.7-inch-iPad-Wi-Fi-tablet-128-GB – Space Grey $399.00
2 Apple-9.7-inch-iPad-Wi-Fi-tablet-128-GB – Space Grey $399.00
3 Belkin B2B074 Store and Charge Station $184.97
4 AVAWO Kids Case for New iPad 9.7 (blue) $14.99
  Total: $997.96

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